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Inside The Closed Guard System
Having trouble getting caught up in your opponent's closed guard? Seriously, if you've ever been inside the closed guard of an opponent who really knows what they are doing, then you know what it feels like to battle sweeps, chokes, armbars, and triangles, in rapid succession. Never mind trying to...
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What is Boxing? From fisticuffs to Floyd Mayweather, there is no denying that boxing has deep roots in martial arts culture.  Seen in both “gentleman’s duels” and working class bare-knuckle pub fights, boxing is the classic art of fighting with...
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If you had to name the number one thing that separates Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from other grappling arts, the depth of the basic BJJ guard positions should make the top of your list.  Many of the top submissions and positions in grappling are not unique to BJJ.  However, the ability...
Years ago, before I trained in BJJ, I was an avid UFC fan. I used to religiously watch "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show in it's first few seasons. In one episode Tito Ortiz was coaching a fighter during a match. He kept screaming "UNDERHOOKS!!" again and again. It was pretty...
Jiu-Jitsu started as a small man's game. If you've been training for more than a day, you've probably had about a dozen people tell you jiu-jitsu was made by smaller people, for smaller people. If you happen to be smaller yourself, you might feel some pressure. You're expected to be...
Here's a fun guard that goes by a few different names. Sitting half guard, sitting guard, or the sit up guard. It's a guard that relies on hugging a standing opponent's leg. This guard is strong for off balancing an opponent for a sweep. It's a classic "your whole body...
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For more of us who do BJJ, side control submissions are a pain in the ass.  Whether you are in gi or no gi side control, the submission options are actually somewhat limited. Particularly in no gi, submitting from these positions will require detailed knowledge of a few good submissions. ...
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Are you tired of being in a top position only to get stifled by an opponent’s tough BJJ guard?  Perhaps you’re on the verge of passing guard yet find yourself on your back – or worse - tapping out in the next second.  Passing the guard is among the...
How The Triangle Choke Demonstrates Two Very Important Jiujitsu Principles Are you familiar with EBI yet? If not, you should check it out if you're into nogi jiujitsu. In fact, it's so good, that I subscribed to the UFC fight pass to watch it. But... The primary reason for subscribing isn't because...
Steve Jobs, the red belt of technology, famously declared that simplicity is the highest form of sophistication. And while the technology of jiujitsu is rapidly advancing, some things seem to stand the test of time.  In many ways, no gi jiu jitsu is the ultimate return to...